Make Listening to Vinyl LPs an Interactive Pursuit, Enjoy Warm and Nuanced Sound: Japanese-Made Luxman PD-17A1A Turntable Wows with Tremendous Fit-and-Finish and User-Friendly Features
Luxman's decades-long reputation for jewelry-class detail and refined, Japanese-made audiophile luxury continues with its PD-171A belt-driven turntable. You'll hear beguiling levels of accuracy and detail while enjoying all the warmth, solidity, and organic charm the very best analog recordings offer. Delicate notes – such as those from a piano or acoustic guitar – ring true, and even challenging inner-LP tracks, will emerge free of distortion and nasty artifacts. PD-171A exists to take you closer to the actual recorded event, and succeeds in ways that make listening much more than an idle, stationary pursuit. This is analog as you've always imagined.
Building on the strengths of its much-lauded predecessor, PD-171, PD-171A boasts cutting-edge improvements to the chassis, motor, drive circuit, and bearing section. A newly developed high-torque AC motor and hybrid aluminum-and-wood plinth dramatically reduce vibrations and resonances. Add to those advancements the implementation of circuit structure innovations from the company's flagship power amplifiers, and PD-171A enters the reference-class realm.
Luxman's passionate focus on quality becomes obvious from the moment you unpack PD-171A. Its solid aluminum platter comes equipped with detachable handles to ensure its safe and precise placement on the ‘table's precision-machined spindle. A large-diameter Teflon bearing enables PD-171A to maintain the kind of utterly frictionless rotation necessary for precise vinyl playback. As TONEAudio editor Jeff Dorgay wrote, "It manages to provide all the attributes of a classic belt-drive turntable, with all the sonic sophistication of the best modern turntables."
In addition to its absorbing sonic traits, the dust-cover-equipped PD-171A is a flexible and feature-rich analog platform. Its j-shaped custom tonearm is ready for easy cartridge swapping via its removable universal magnesium-alloy headshell. The tonearm's oxygen-free Luxman phono DIN-to-RCA cables are detachable in case you have an urge to upgrade. And while a number of high-end turntables leave it owners to purchase software and measurement gear to ensure correct platter speed, PD-171A features easily monitored PRMs via a reflective stroboscope window that displays measurements in highly legible LED numerals. Moreover, a sleek aluminum stylus spotlight on the plinth makes locating specific album tracks a snap. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"The Luxman is in a league of its own, and for me, redefines the expression ‘fit and finish.' I've unboxed turntables costing five times more that have nowhere near the attention to fine detail that the Luxman has."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
- Electronic circuit based on high-output amplifier with built-in high precision 32 bit MICON signal generator
- Belt-driven high-torque synchronous AC motor
- Equipped with handy LED reflected stroboscope for more accurate speed adjustment and confirmation
- Milled aluminum platter of 0.7tcm² super high inertia
- Chassis built from 15mm aluminum panels with floating subchassis to eliminate structural and airborne vibration
- AC inlet on back plate to accommodate detachable mains cables
- Wooden plinth
- Non-resonant universal headshell made of aluminum-magnesium alloy
- Detachable OFC 5-pin DIN → RCA phono cable
- Acrylic dust cover